Bike trail on the way for Waverley

Bike trail on the way for Waverley

By Gareth Dennison | 12/01/2021

Bike trail on the way for Waverley

 

A MOUNTAIN bike trail — complete with jumps and berms — is proposed for countryside at Waverley.

Landowners Harworth Estates say the 1,600-metre track would be suitable for all, with four difficulty levels.

It will be made from crushed stone on land known as Waverley Hill, south of the growing housing area.

Plans filed with Rotherham Council by Harworth say: “The trail is to be ridden in a clockwise direction from the start in the north-western corner, though it can be accessed from either the north or the south of the site.


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“The jumps and other features have been carefully considered and designed to create a safe and enjoyable experience for users.

“The track is suitable for all experience levels, with opportunities for beginners to progress and use the more difficult areas of the track.

“It has been designed to ensure there is safe interaction with other users and to minimise the impact on local wildlife.”

Consultation found 93 per cent of residents backed the bike track, with many saying it was timely during the pandemic to think more about outdoor exercise for physical and mental health.

Those expressing concerns said they were worried about parking, traffic and anti-social behaviour.

The project is being led by Well Rotherham (South Yorkshire Housing Association) and Bike Track.

A planning statement by agents Barton Willmore said: “Using experts in the relevant fields has helped ensure these proposals have been brought forward using the best available knowledge and experience and designed to provide a high quality trail for riders.”

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